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Paris Stories | [Mavis Gallant]

Paris Stories

Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. They compose a secret history, both intimate and panoramic, of modern times, and offer a kaleidoscopic impression of the world within a world that is Paris.
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Publisher's Summary

Mavis Gallant is an undisputed master of the short story whose peerless prose captures the range of human experience while evoking time and place with unequaled skill. This new collection of 15 of Gallant's stories, edited by best-selling author Michael Ondaatje, gathers the best of her many stories set in Europe and Paris, where Gallant has long lived.

Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. They compose a secret history, both intimate and panoramic, of modern times, and offer a kaleidoscopic impression of the world within a world that is Paris.

©2002 NYREV, Inc., ©2002 Mavis Gallant
Introduction and selection ©2002 Michael Ondaatje; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Short Stories, Collections, 2007

"Mavis Gallant writes some of the most superbly crafted and perceptive stories of our time." (Globe and Mail)
"Mavis Gallant's finely honed prose captures the small details that illuminate a life." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ms. Gallant...has dared to drift in a disorienting century, always trusting her own imaginative compass. Her fiction, never fooled into trying to keep up with history, will last a long time." (New York Times)

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    Dennis ST Louis, MO, USA 05-23-07
    Dennis ST Louis, MO, USA 05-23-07
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    "beautifully narrated"

    This are great stories full of insight, humor, and
    complexity. The narrator, Lorna Raver, is amazing; she can mimic voices of her characters, male or female, with uncanny realism. Highly recommended on all counts.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 02-07-12
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    I could never get into this audio at all. What I did hear was not captivating. This is one of those I regret!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 03-05-08
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    "Sorry, no Chekhov here"

    Or William Trevor, for that matter. I struggled to get through these stories because they were devoid of action. Even in a short story, something - anything - has to happen to somebody. I was expecting a lot more. The narrator is good, but I tired of her voice because I tired of the story, and not the other way 'round.

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    Would you listen to Paris Stories again? Why?

    I am a big fan of Mavis Gallant, her writing is incomparable - I was pleased to discover Paris Stories had been turned into an audio book. The performance, however, is just a bit over the top for Gallant- this is especially true in the Ice Wagon Going Down the Street. Gallant deserves a much more subtle reader/performer, one that teases out the subtext of her writing. Compare these recordings to writer Margaret Atwood reading Gallant's Voices Lost in the Snow in a New Yorker podcast and you'll see the difference!


    What other book might you compare Paris Stories to, and why?

    Dear Life


    What three words best describe Lorna Raver and Yuri Rasovsky ’s voice?

    Over the top


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